Palantine High School student Nova Maday filed a lawsuit for discrimination against his school in 2017 because he was not allowed inside the girl’s locker room. Maday is a biological male, but he identifies as transgender. Hence, he believes that he should be able to use the female locker room.

In a move to support its transgender students, Illinois school district 211, which has jurisdiction over Palantine High School, voted 5-2 to implement a new policy that supports transgender students.

According to this policy, “students shall be treated and supported in a manner consistent with their gender identity, which shall include students having access to restrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their gender identity.”

However, what Manday and the transgender community sees as a major victory comes at the expense of other students. According to a report by CBN, one female student, Julia Burca, said that she felt “uncomfortable, my privacy’s being invaded, as I am a swimmer.”

Burca explained that as a swimmer, she often changes naked in front of other students in the privacy of the locker rooms. With the new policy in place, she will no longer feel comfortable.

“I understand that the board has an obligation to all students, but I was hoping that they would go about this in a different way that would also accommodate students such as myself,” she said.

Vicki Wilson, a representative of Students and Parents for Privacy, expressed her disappointment and called the school district’s decision a “joke and a slap in the face.” To them, the move is equivalent to turning all intimate spaces coed.

The school district stood firm and said that the decision does not mean that anyone can just declare whichever gender they choose and enter any locker room at will. Parents will have to make a request and establish a student’s stated gender in the official school records. The records will be the basis upon which locker rooms they can access.

However, the district’s parent’s rights group is distributing a privacy request form, hoping to push parents to demand respect for their child’s  “dignity and intimate space.”

Feature photo courtesy of D211 Parents for Privacy Facebook page